Flossing Really Does Matter
Most people think that brushing alone is sufficient for their dental care routine.
The problem with brushing alone is that the surfaces between your teeth are not easily accessible by your toothbrush and need extra attention to prevent decay and gum disease.
So, to answer that age-old question, YES, flossing does make a difference and yes we can tell if you floss regularly or not.
If you don’t like string floss, don’t floss often, or find string floss hard to use, a water flosser is a great alternative. A targeted stream of water removes plaque, food particles, and bacteria. The massage action can improve gum health and reach areas that can’t be reached with traditional floss.
3 Steps for Effective Flossing
The trick is to get floss that makes the job easiest for you. There are waxed flosses, flavoured flosses, floss brushes, and water flossers.
3 Steps to Flossing:
- Cut a piece of dental floss, approximately 2 feet. Wrap both sides of the floss around your middle fingers. If you are using a floss brush, continue to step three.
- Using your index and thumb, glide the floss in between your teeth one by one. In the space between your teeth, press the floss against each side of the tooth in a “c” shape to ensure contact with the entire edge of the tooth.
- Continue until you have moved the floss between each tooth – top and bottom, making sure not to cut your gums.
It’s simple! And like brushing, we recommend flossing after every meal or at least once a day before bed.